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Math competition attracts high school students to campus

The Alfred University (AU) Division of Mathematics is set to host the 45th annual William Varick Nevins III Mathematics Competition for high school students on Friday, Nov. 1 at 10 a.m. in McLane Center.

The Nevins Competition has been held since 1968 in memory of Varick Nevins, AU class of 1932 and former professor of mathematics.

Any high school student may participate in the competition, which consists of a 75-minute, 30-question multiple-choice exam written by members of the mathematics faculty. Questions stress original thinking and creative problem-solving using concepts from the first three years of the high school mathematics curriculum.

The top three individual scorers will be awarded prizes as well as Alfred University scholarships of $10,000, $8,000, and $6,000 to be distributed over four years. The top three scores from each school in attendance will also be combined to form a team score and the winning team will be honored along with the individual winners at an awards gathering in Nevins Theater, Powell Campus Center, following the exam.

Lunch will be provided for all students and accompanying teachers, guidance counselors, and parents. Chaperones are also invited to an informal reception with members of the mathematics faculty during the exam.

The cost is $8 per student and all entries must be received by Friday, Oct. 25. For additional information or to register for the competition, please contact Jaime Osborne at 607.871.2258 or by email at